Category Archives: Morals
Living Up to the Fourth Commandment — Honor thy Father and Mother The Antidote in Correcting the Behavior of Unruly Children As a practicing psychologist for over forty years, I have worked with more than my share of unruly children and their parents. Needless to say, poorly disciplined children can be a destructive force within the family. The unruly behavior of our youth is much … More →
National Catholic Register, Jimmy Akin: Every year in August, people take to the blogosphere to debate the morality of the U.S. nuclear bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which took place in August of 1945. This year, physicist Tom Hartsfield has a piece on Real Clear Science in which he argues that dropping the bomb on these cities was the right thing to do. He makes two arguments, … More →
LifeNews: Abortion is now the official state-preferred choice for Illinois women in unexpected pregnancies, after Gov. Bruce Rauner signed Senate Bill 1564 into law Friday afternoon. Rauner, a Republican, held veto power over the legislation—which Democrats pushed through on a strictly partly line vote and put on his desk May 31—but he went against the grain of his own party in approving the legislation. More here. … More →
Father Chad Ripperger, in an eight and a half minute sermon, answers this question with scholastic acumen and competence. The bottom line is that neither is evil unless abused. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The Tablet: A senior bishop has said that the Church in Poland will refuse communion to divorced and remarried Catholics despite the landmark family document from Pope Francis which opened up the possibility. Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki, the President of the Polish Bishops’ Conference, said that giving communion could not be allowed following a period of pastoral discernment – something which Francis has advocated – adding that … More →
The full force of the nation’s quadrennial general-election campaign season is about to hit us. It will not occur to the majority of the nation’s voters who identify as Catholic to assess candidates in the light of teachings of the Faith. It never does. The proof is how they have voted throughout the twentieth century and now into this one, and especially since the so-called … More →
I don’t know about you, but old enough as I am to remember how the killing of more than 200,000 Japanese civilians in the nuclear obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, especially the technological feat of accomplishing it with a single bomb per targeted city, was positively celebrated by Americans (Just think! We killed all those Japs with one bomb!), and considering the indifference of most … More →
1Peter5 Maike Hickson: The title of Müller’s talk is: “What May We Expect From Families?” In the beginning of his presentation, which is interwoven with many references to Amoris Laetitia, the German cardinal compares the family with Noah’s Ark. At that time, Müller says, “the threats against the family and the whole society were omnipresent.” In the words of an old Jewish legend, moreover, the … More →
Monsignor Charles Pope: A short while back, we read from First Samuel at daily Mass and encountered an envious Saul. Upon David’s return from slaying Goliath, the women sing a song praising him. Saul should rejoice with all Israel but instead he is resentful and envies David: Saul was very angry and resentful of the song, for he thought, “They give David ten thousands, but only … More →
Catholic Online: Kim Vaillancourt was five months pregnant when she, her husband Phil and their two children welcomed three sisters into their family. Two days later, the family was set to celebrate Christmas but instead of a family meal and presents, Kim was diagnosed with brain cancer. More here. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.
The official website of the German Bishops, katholisch.de, is full of praise for Amoris Laetitia. Well-known experts who have been expressing many heterodox positions during the earlier discussions on marriage and family, seem now convinced that their expectations have been met, and that, indeed, the Universal Catholic Church has now started to import and imitate the putatively German model. One of the most prominent liberal … More →
The Holy Father’s much awaited post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, has been released. A summary of it may be read at Rorate Caeli. Here are links to commentaries on Pope Francis’ work, commentaries we have helpfully categorized according to what may be our readers’ preferred hermeneutical approach: Pope Francis Departs from Church Teaching in New Exhortation — Dr. Maike Hickson at 1 Peter 5, representing the … More →
Judie Brown, Renew America: Consider this example as well. Inside the walls of the Summit Women’s Center, an abortion clinic in Connecticut, a sign on the waiting room wall reads: “The staff in this office does sacred work and though you may hope to never come back, we return each day to hear your stories, hold your hands, and ease your fears. Our lives are consumed … More →
Interesting post here by Shaun McAfee for National Catholic Register, mostly dealing with Pope Leo XIII’s handling of the problem. Here is Trent on Dueling: The abominable practice of dueling, introduced by the contrivance of the devil, that by the cruel death of the body he may bring about also the destruction of the soul, should be utterly eradicated from the Christian world. Emperor, kings, … More →
My father was a volunteer with the Legion of Decency. Men would go to stores with certificates for store owners to put in their windows saying that their establishment does not sell (or at least display) pornography. The Legion didn’t last long (why I don’t know but have my suspicions) but the mission did work. Even Hollywood reacted to a degree. California Catholic Daily: Many of … More →